June will bring two event-packed weekends to the Great Western Catskills. To promote the Path Through History, a heritage tourism initiative established to highlight New York’s unparalleled network of museums, historic sites, and other cultural institutions, several Delaware County attractions will host free programs and celebrations. So set aside some time June 7 and 8 and June 14 to enjoy the historic and cultural heritage of the area.
On Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm at Hanford Mills Museum, the public is invited to “Oral Histories of the Land: A Community Dialogue about our Natural Landscape,” part of the CGP Community Stories project. The evening is part of a series sponsored by SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) and the New York State Historical Association.
The Festival features a farmers’ market, traditional crafts, entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities, horse-drawn wagon rides, guided Mill tours, and the first public operation of the Mill’s restored water turbine. The Festival also offers a once-a-year opportunity to see the water-powered 1912 gristmill in action.
Dr. Milton C. Sernett will present a free lecture “From Muscles to Motors on the Farm: Henry Ford and the Great American Tractor Wars, 1910-1930” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 30 at Hanford Mills Museum.
"All the Good Dogs" exhibit at the Hanford Mills Museum features dogs lives' in Delaware County. A special reception and reading by Bertha Rogers will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 2 p.m.
All are invited to enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth at the Hanford Mills Museum Independence Day Celebration. In addition to demonstrations of the waterwheel, sawmill and vintage woodworking machines, the Museum will be running the boiler and steam power engine. The John Hanford Farmhouse, which recreates home life in the 1920s will also be open to tour.
The Hanford Collection is the work of Horace D. Hanford and his son, James Ralph Hanford, taken from the early 1890s to the early 1920s. The Collection represents the themes of people and family, life and work, and change over time.
Every winter East Meredith celebrates it's history by harvesting ice from the mill pond. Hanford Mills Museum staff show visitors how it was done 100 years ago, and that it's still fun, fun fun! The event is a hands on experience for young and old alike.